Leading up to this year’s midterm election, scores of U.S. senators, intelligence officials, and security experts were sounding the alarm: do nothing, and what happened in 2016 will happen again. “We know foreign adversaries are still targeting our upcoming elections,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar in a letter dated May 9. “The open question is, how serious are we about preventing it from happening again?” The wide-ranging campaign carried out by the government of Russia, in concert with other non-governmental entities, to influence the 2016 presidential election shocked the U.S. political and media establishment. It exposed vulnerabilities seemingly everywhere, from social media, where foreign operatives ginned up division on Facebook, to the political parties, where top officials’ emails were hacked and released, to the infrastructure of the voting process itself, which experts worried was weak and could be manipulated. Klobuchar and other lawmakers … [Read more...] about The 2018 midterm elections weren’t marred by foreign meddling. That doesn’t mean the U.S. election system is secure
Pennsylvania midterm elections 2018
With an election looming, courts earlier this year declared congressional districts in two states to be unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. One map was redrawn. The other was not. The sharply contrasting outcomes that resulted on Election Day in Pennsylvania and North Carolina illustrate the importance of how political lines are drawn — and the stakes for the nation because that process helps determine which party controls Congress. Pennsylvania flipped from a solid Republican congressional delegation to one evenly split under a map redrawn by court order, contributing to the Democratic takeover of the U.S. House. Despite an almost even split in the popular vote, North Carolina's congressional delegation remained overwhelmingly Republican under a map drawn by the GOP. "We did everything we could," Democrat Kathy Manning said. "But we just could not overcome the gerrymandering, and that's the way the district was designed to run." Manning held more than 400 campaign events, … [Read more...] about Midterm elections reveal effects of gerrymandered districts
Nov. 12, 2018 / 8:30 PM GMT By Suzanne Gamboa and Nicole Acevedo AUSTIN, Texas — Tera Tanguma, 23, moved with the line of voters outside a Fiesta grocery store, passing the time with her nose in her book, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." Tanguma hadn't gotten around to voting early, but said she was not going to miss the chance to cast a ballot last Tuesday. Plus, the young Latina said, it was meaningful to take part in the voting process on Election Day. Young adults like Tanguma voted in higher numbers than any other midterm elections in the past 25 years, according to a preliminary analysis from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), which studies young Americans’ political engagement. They estimated that 31 percent of eligible young voters ages 18 to 29 turned out to vote this year, better than the past seven midterms. It's particularly noticeable considering that 2014 had the lowest youth turnout rate. "It was … [Read more...] about Youth, Latino mobilization paid off in the midterms. Now groups gear up for 2020.
Here are a few of the people Minnesotans voted to send to Congress next year: a Muslim-American woman and Somali refugee who is a national left-wing icon, an arch-conservative rural Minnesotan who ran on being a “reinforcement” for President Donald Trump in D.C., and a millionaire entrepreneur who detests political labels and vowed to join a caucus of centrists if elected. Voters across the country made at least one thing clear in this year’s midterm elections: that a majority of them are ready for Democratic control of the U.S. House of Representatives after two years of the Trump administration and eight years of Republican control of the chamber. But the candidates who Americans selected to populate the new Democratic majority — which will number at least 227 members to Republicans’ 198 — are hardly all the same kind of Democrat. In the next Congress, Democratic leadership must work to reconcile an upstart, progressive vanguard of the party, … [Read more...] about The same state — and party — sent Rep. Collin Peterson and Rep-elect Ilhan Omar to Congress. What does that mean for Democrats’ agenda?
The D.C. Memo is a weekly recap of Washington political news, journalism, and opinion, delivered with an eye toward what matters for Minnesota. Sign up to get it in your inbox every Thursday. This week, the blue wave crashed, sweeping away a few Minnesota Republicans. The midterm elections weren’t a total Democratic romp, and there were positive signs for both parties on display — especially in Minnesota. Trump claimed victory and celebrated by finally firing his emo-as-hell attorney general, Jeff Sessions. This week in Washington Greetings from Washington, which barely had time to process the midterm election results before President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. There’s long been chatter that POTUS would cut loose Sessions, his former flame and current whipping boy — who the president never forgave for recusing himself from the investigation into the campaign’s ties with Russia — after the midterm. But the fact that he did it … [Read more...] about D.C. Memo: 725 days until Election Day 2020